Leicester City’s Premier League winning band of boys could soon be scattered as the big teams look to raid the club while Manchester United are looking towards Mexico to fill a Hernandez shaped hole in their hearts, as the latest transfer rumors hit the back-pages.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy signed a new contract very recently, but even that hasn’t been enough to stave away interest as Arsenal have reportedly triggered his release clause and forced the forward into making a difficult choice. There’s even more bad news for them as one of their stars might join Vardy at Arsenal, while yet another could be making his way to dethroned champions Chelsea.
After Vardy, Arsenal looking to sign Mahrez
Leicester City’s dynamic duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez could both be part of Arsenal’s new look team for the 2016-17 campaign, according to the Sun.
While it was being reported last week that the Gunners had met the Leicester City striker’s £22 million release clause and were waiting for him to make a decision on his future, it now seems his partner-in-crime Riyad Mahrez is all set to join him as manager Arsene Wenger plans one of the biggest coups in what will most likely be his final season as Arsenal manager.
The Algerian winger scored 16 goals, registered 11 assists and was voted the PFA Player of the Year in a spectacular year of achievement. This has led to him being one of the most sought after players in Europe, with even Real Madrid being linked with a move, but Arsenal are being touted as strong contenders to land his signature this summer.
A major factor behind Mahrez’s possible departure could be his pay. The 25-year-old is currently making £35,000 a week with the Foxes, and will certainly see a significant rise in his earnings if the move to the Emirates does happen.
Chelsea set to sign N’golo Kante after Euro 2016
Chelsea FC are all set for a summer of change as they welcome new manager Antonio Conte, and they have lined up Leicester City midfielder N’golo Kante as one of his welcoming presents. The Blues are set to make a 20 million move for the French midfielder after Euro 2016, according to Bein Sport journalist Tancredi Palmeri. [Via: The Daily Star]
Kante has been the often underrated pillar of consistency for Leicester City this season, as he covered more ground and made more tackles than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues. The defensive midfielder’s performances have put him straight into the reckoning for the French national side and his value could increase substantially if he manages to carry his domestic form into the Euros.
Chelsea are set for a massive squad overhaul, with the likes of Nemanja Matic, John-Obi Mikel and Ruben Loftus-Cheek unsure of their first team future at Stamford Bridge. N’golo Kante is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League right now and the Blues could well lure him to London with a fat pay-check.
Manchester United make approach for 20 year old Mexican forward
Manchester United’s most famous Mexican son was unpopularly sold off by manager Louis van Gaal in 2015, and it now looks like they are looking to the Americas once again in search of a goal-scorer.
20 year old Hirving Lozano has broken into the first team and scored 12 goals for his club CF Pachuka, who play in the Mexican top tier league.
“There have been approaches [from Manchester United],” Pachuca vice-president Andres Fassi said, according to Goal.
“There will be time to focus on the future of Hirving Lozano.
“For several years Pachuca has had great relationships with many teams of England, in Portugal, in Spain, in France, in Italy and in Germany. [There] are some agreements that allow the player to go to Europe in the future.”
With the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford already shining for Manchester United at a young age, Lozano could probably even play the role of super-sub, just like his predecessor Hernandez.